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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

YCMOU gets UGC nod to re-introduce PhD courses | Times of India

"The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) received University Grants Commission (UGC) permission on Friday to re-introduce Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and and Master of Philosophy (M Phil) courses" inform Chaitanya Deshpande, Times of India Reporter.

Photo: Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University

Encouraged by the UGC's nod, the open university is in process of restarting the enrollments for PhD courses from the next academic session. According to the UGC circular, PhDs done by regular mode will be recognised and distance programmes were not.
So, the YCMOU offered the full-time PhD program at schools of YCMOU at the university head office in Nashik.

According to this new decision, doctoral research opportunities will be available for academicians across the state in various subjects at the Open University. Research opportunities are available at the university after a gap of five years. The UGC had stopped the PhD courses in YCMOU citing various reasons in 2012. 

"The UGC approval will definitely provide the higher education and research opportunities to hundreds of students across the state. The open university will follow the instructions and regulations of the UGC to run PhD as well as the MPhil degree courses according to new directives issued in 2016," said Dinesh Bhonde, YCMOU registrar said.

YCMOU's PhD course was popular among working academicians. Over 250 individuals had received PhDs in various subjects by 2012. However, the open university had to stop accepting new enrollments of the students for PhD courses from 2012-13 after the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued a circular that degrees granted for PhD programmes done through distance education will not get recognition.

Source: Times of India

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